12.751 - Scientific Graphics free-for-all


For our seminar on 10/19, we'll be looking at examples of journal article figures and posters with an eye for "what works and why." If you would like, bring your favorite and least favorite examples to class. With the help of graphical genius Katherine Joyce, we will vilify the worst and canonize the best.

Examples from the literature used in last year's seminar:
Guest, et al., in Geology, June 2003
Herrmann, et al., in Geology, June 2003
Shaw, G. H., in GSA Bulletin, August 2003
Owens and Tucker, in GSA Bulletin, August 2003
Scott, et al., in GSA Bulletin, September 2003
Wilkinson, et al., in GSA Bulletin, September 2003

Bring your own figures for discussion, if you would like.

For a discussion of the use of color in scientific graphics, see the recent article in Eos, October 5, 2004:
"The End of the Rainbow? Color Schemes for Improved Data Graphics"

In class on 9/21, Hans mentioned Edward Tufte's books. Tufte has an interesting website www.edwardtufte.com, but the emphasis is clearly on selling his products. Our library has three of Tufte's books. They are on reserve for the semester, on a shelf in the Clark basement library, where Ann Devenish sits.